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England in Sri Lanka: Touring party retested for Covid-19 after Moeen positive case

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England’s touring party in Sri Lanka has been retested for coronavirus after all-rounder Moeen Ali returned a positive result on Monday.

All of the players and staff had a lateral flow test and PCR at England’s base in Hambantota.

The results are expected on Wednesday morning, with England hoping to train for the first time in the afternoon.

Moeen will leave the Hambantota base on Tuesday afternoon to continue his 10-day quarantine in a hotel near Galle.

Fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes was deemed as a possible close contact, having shared a car to the airport with Moeen in the UK, and is observing a period of self-isolation and further testing.

The touring party must remain in their hotel rooms until the results are returned.

Meanwhile, BBC Sport has learned Sri Lanka, who lost the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg on Tuesday, will not face a 10-day quarantine period upon their return to the country.

They will fly back on a chartered flight and, as they are transferring from one bio-secure bubble to another, a quarantine period has been deemed unnecessary.

They are expected to have PCR tests before being cleared to play in the two-Test series that starts in Galle on 14 January.

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